In clear progress, the French men’s under-16 team reached the last four of the European Championship

Thanks to its 84-77 victory over Italy, the French men’s under-16 team qualified for the semi-finals of the European Basketball Championship in this category. Les Bleuets meet the winner from Slovenia-Spain on Friday.

Led by 16 points (20-36) midway through the second quarter, the French men’s under-16 team managed to return against Italy, before winning 84-77 in the EuroBasket quarter-final. After a difficult first round, Les Bleuets managed to reach the round of four. On Friday, they will face the winner of the quarter-finals between Spain and Slovenia.

If the match had started poorly for Nicholas Absalon’s players, it was in particular because of the Italian title, almost unreal at the end of the first quarter and at the beginning of the next. But once the tricolor defended stronger and higher, they dropped the opponent’s title and came back to score. Thus, at the break, the advance through the Alps was only 3 points (39-42). Enough to herald the second half of better quality. It is also on 2 baskets of 3 points from Yannis Allard (6 points at 2/3 in shots, 3 rebounds and 4 assists for 13 PIRs in 24 minutes) that the match resumed after the break, allowing the French to take the lead (45-42). Then we thought the French started but the Italians didn’t give up and even closed the third period in control of the match.

Essengue – Diakité pair dominates in the air

Only, the dynamic became clearly French in the sports center Boris Trajkovsky. Raises a lot of fears in an attack Squadra Azura (17 stray bullets), athletically dominant and in the air like a duo Noa Esengo (22 points at 9/14 on shots, 11 rebounds and 3 assists for 26 PIRs in 34 minutes) – Mohamed Diakite (12 points on 6/11 and 15 rebounds for 22 ratings in 37 minutes), the French were able to develop a more successful team game, like the procedure described below, which concluded Nolan Traore (19 points on 8/19, 4 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 stray shots for 14 ratings in 32 minutes).

Despite some concerns at the end of the match, the French kept their distance, especially thanks to the control and skill in the free throws (7/8) from Thales Solhash (11 points at 2/8 on shots, 2 rebounds and 2 assists for 9 PIRs in 13 minutes). They will be able to rest and prepare for the semi-final match, marking the second day of rest this Thursday, before returning to Spain – which has largely lost to Greece, as did France against Lithuania. – Or Slovenia on Friday.

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Aug 17, 2022 at 4:12 am

Led by 16 points (20-36) midway through the second quarter, the French men’s under-16 team managed to return against Italy, before winning 84-77 in the EuroBasket quarter-final. After a difficult first round, Les Bleuets managed to reach the round of four. On Friday, they will face the quarter-final winner between ESPN…

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